Back in October, Duncraft employee George came home from a walk to find an interesting sight. A beautiful Barred Owl was on the lawn outside his house. George tiptoed past the owl, so as not to alarm him, and went inside to get his camera. While taking a few pictures, George noticed something amiss. Although the owl was alert, it seemed only able to hop and made no attempt to fly away.
The only conclusion George could make was that the owl had possibly flown into a nearby window on the house and was injured. After several attempts to contact the local Audubon Society for assistance with no success, George decided to call the Loudon police department.
Luckily, George was able to contact Corporal Jason Fiske, a police officer, but also an avid animal lover. Jason frequently rescues animals and was the perfect person for the job. Jason quickly arrived on the scene and calmed the bird. Then, he picked it up and put it in a cardboard box for the ride to the local wildlife rehabilitator.
We have good news! When the bird arrived at the rehabilitator, it was quickly examined for injuries. They told Jason the bird had a minor wing injury that would quickly heal and the bird would be released in no time. Jason reported back to George about the good news.
Although he heard no more information about the owl, George is quite sure it’s now living its life back in the wild. Hopefully, it will steer clear of George’s house in the future. We were glad to hear the story had a happy ending. Thank you George, for sharing your story—and for remembering the camera!